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Red tide observed at high concentrations in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota counties

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 17:45:24-04

Red tide problems persist in a few Tampa Bay area counties, according to the latest FWC status report.

This past week, a bloom of K. brevis was observed on Florida's East Coast for the first time.

In our area, concentrations generally decreased in the areas of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties.

However, K. brevis was observed in high concentrations in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Lee Counties.

In Southwest Florida, reports of fish kills were received for multiple locations in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties.

Respiratory irritation was reported in Southwest Florida (in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties)

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict northwestern transport of surface waters and net southeastern movement of subsurface waters for most areas over the next three days. 

Forecasts for Pasco County predict northwestern transport of surface waters and eastern movement of subsurface waters over the next 3 days.

To see the full report, click here.